GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT!
GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT
The body’s GUT MICROBIAL COMMUNITY may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in DEMENTIA, AUTISM and other BRAIN disorders.
Check out this intriguing New York Times article about the latest research that “continues to turn up remarkable links between the microbiome and the brain. Scientists are finding evidence that microbiome may play a role not just in Alzheimer’s disease, but Parkinson’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, autism and other conditions.”
Read about Sangram Sisodia, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago, and his research linking Alzheimer’s and the gut microbiome:
“He and his colleagues gave antibiotics to mice prone to develop a version of Alzheimer’s disease, in order to kill off much of the gut bacteria in the mice. Later, when the scientists inspected the animals’ brains, they found far fewer of the protein clumps linked to dementia. Just a little disruption of the microbiome was enough to produce this effect. Young mice given antibiotics for a week had fewer clumps in their brains when they grew old, too…Following a string of similar experiments, he now suspects that just a few species in the gut — perhaps even one — influence the course of Alzheimer’s disease, perhaps by releasing chemical that alters how immune cells work in the brain.”
As mentioned innumerable times before on our blog and social media posts, there is SO MUCH mind-blowing information to learn about the gut microbiome’s influence on our health. The impact of the microbiome on gut symptoms, food allergies, colon cancer risks, weight management, depression, anxiety, and other brain disorders is simply fascinating. I eagerly anticipate learning all that science will have to offer on this topic in the decades to come.